How to overcome the intimidating process of getting the job of your dreams.
Getting a job is a very nerve racking, soul crushing, rollercoaster-like process, specially when you are entering a new career field. In these technological times, finding a job is becoming more and more challenging than before. There are a few reasons why I believe this is true, and I will describe them hereafter:
• More than 55% of the world’s population has access to the internet. This is a great thing (for many reasons), but also not so great whenever exploring new professional opportunities. Having so many people being able to apply to so many different jobs only gives us a LOT more competition, which means that our chances of getting hired lessen a little more every day.
• Society’s ever growing standard of having us believe that a college degree equals success. This one is big these days, as many of us sans-college-degree people may actually be very talented individuals with a great deal of creativity and knowledge to offer. Yet, we will most likely not be hired because there will always be a college-degree-carrier that will apply as well, and that will be prioritised simply because of the title. Now, I do apologize for my obviously upset tone on this one, but this is a fact that a lot of us -that cannot or do not want to tie ourselves to thousands of dollars of debt- have to live with regardless of our capabilities, skills, passion and work ethic.
• Last but not least, the horrific world of internships. Internships are the easiest way for a company to get away with enslavement. I know it sounds very dramatic, but hear me out. Why is it legal and okay for a company to exploit a worker simply because they lack experience? Isn’t the whole purpose of working the fact that we will gain that experience? How will someone earn their way into a career if they cannot afford living all the while getting the experience needed to better themselves professionally? In my opinion, it obstructs the possibility to develop our qualities through work as it makes it unaffordable and frankly debilitating and depleting. And at the same time, the people that are able to afford living in spite of not earning wages typically come from upper-middle to high classes. This is not to say that they should not be getting these opportunities, nor should they be denied of their abilities. It is instead about the simple fact that we still lack complete and fair opportunity for the whole, and this continues to sharpen that line amongst our societies.
Now that I got all of that off my chest, it is time to prepare ourselves for this unfair world of employment I just described.
Different jobs entitle different subjects that need more emphasis when an individual is being interviewed for a position. However, there are certain questions that anyone trying to get hired by essentially any place will probably have to encounter.
1. “Tell Me About Your Work Experience”
The best way to handle this one is to relate and associate the work you have done and the obligations you have accordingly with the job you are applying for.
2. “What has been your biggest accomplishment?
The process of failing at something and working through it shows that you have perseverance and ethic towards your labor.
3. “How would you describe your work style?”
It is always important to test the water before you go fully in. If you take a second to capture your environment then you can respond respectively.
4. “What interests you about this position?”
This is where you want to mention all your skillset through tasks that the job you are applying for would require you to do.
5. “Do you prefer working alone or in a group?”
My best answer here is to be honest with yourself first. Understand which one you would like better and look for jobs that will offer you the same. Some people (like me) like both ways, but it is important to take that into consideration because it does make the whole concept of working a lot different in comparison.
6. “What can you bring into this company?”
Unfortunately, we have arrived to the one where “experience” is the most influential. You should thoroughly illustrate the experience that it has been doing the task that this position would imply you to perform, instead of trying to mention names for whom you have worked for.
7. “Why should we hire you?”
The most valuable skill to have is to be able to solve the issue in a situation. Unmask what problems you would be presented with in the case you got hired by the company you are applying for, and use them to your advantage.
8. “What is your greatest strength?”
Your stronger points are what interest companies that are interviewing you. But most importantly, making sure that yours cover what they need. So make sure you elaborate on one that amounts to what they need!
9. “What is your greatest weakness?”
This is essentially the same concept of the question above. Only this time, you accentuate what you had to overcome in order to obtain that strenght or skill.
10. “How much do you expect to be paid?”
To me, the most intimidating one. Many people feel apprehensive about discussing wages with their potential employer. The trick is to learn how much your skillset is worth in the respective market you are looking into. This will allow you to catch whenever a company wants to underpay you simply for lack of research.
Finding a job is not only about having an income, it is about understanding what you are passionate about and how you could apply that into a profession, an art, a business, a field, a pursuit, an occupation… Or all of the mentioned before.
I do wish everyone the pleasure of finding a job they do not see as an obligation, and that they enjoy and brings something positive into their lives.